Thursday, January 10, 2013

Newtown Parents Support Armed Security in Schools

Imagine that, as Obama Pushes Gun Control, Newtown Parents Push to Keep Cops in Schools. You'd think the President would seek the recommendation of parents whose children are at risk of mass shootings in schools, rather than a bunch of beauracrats. Parents know best for their kids and most parents, like myself would agree to having armed security in schools, along with better security measures such as: one entry/exit open during school hours, visitors must sign in/out through the office&present ID, along w/a metal detector at entry/exits during school hours or events. I hope local school districts are left to make these decisions at the advice of parents rather than federal beauracrats who want to deny law-abiding citizens the right to self defense&protection.

President Obama and progressives haven't been shy about using the Sandy Hook shooting to promote more gun control, but back in Newtown, parents and the superintendent are demanding more security in the form of armed police on school campus.
School Superintendent Janet Robinson has received as many as 300 emails from parents concerned about ongoing security at their child's school. In response, Ms. Robinson says she has "told the police we need them." She has personally noticed that some students at Sandy Hook Elementary, which reopened last week at a new location, are still too anxious to go outside. She believes a law enforcement presence will help allay their anxiety about safety.
At a board of education meeting Tuesday night, Amy Roman, whose two sons attend Newtown schools, asked administrators to maintain the police presence at every school in the district. At least two other parents made similar requests during the public comment portion of the meeting. The Chairman of the Board of Education, Debbie Leidlein, suggested school security should become the top budget priority in the coming year. There was unanimous agreement with her request.
This openness to a permanent security presence at schools is very much in line with the recommendation made by the NRA one week after the shooting took place. Wayne LaPierre called for placing armed officers in every school in the United States. His proposal was mocked by the left as a suggestion that more guns was the answer to gun violence, but it seems quite a few parents in Newtown, CT agree with LaPierre's proposal in principle, whatever their views on gun control might be.
I've written about this previously when I declared that parents must demand a plan that protects our children. While I feel our children are overall safe at school, I would feel a lot better knowing they were receiving the kind of armed protection and security they deserve, just as politicians and celebrities receive when they are in public. I'm not asking to provide each student with an armed guard, but each school definitely needs at least two armed guards to ensure our students are safe, especially if one is on break the other needs to provide cover. I also feel they might be more effective and less intimidating to students, parents and staff if they were plain clothes security, but we definitely need armed security rather than unarmed staff and no trained security in our schools.
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